Monday, February 2, 2015

Sometimes Defendants Say the Darndest Things...

      (As a courtroom observer, there are times I think I've seen and heard it all. But then a defendant comes along and totally destroys that notion by spouting something shocking or humorous that makes my jaw drop or has me smiling with everyone else in the courtroom.
     On any given day there are numerous memorable comments made by defendants. Here are some recent utterances overheard by 'Mr. Everybody's Business' at the Montgomery County Courthouse:)


      A Narberth woman who last year made a memorable appearance in Montgomery County Court when she told the judge, “Next time I’m in front of a judge, I hope I’m getting married,” returned last week, but not for her nuptials. The 44-year-old woman , who once trespassed and stripped naked when a Lower Merion man with whom she claimed to have been “involved” ordered her from his home, was back in court to address charges she violated her previous sentences for criminal trespass and stalking.
     When Judge Steven T. O’Neill imposed a new sentence for the violation and inquired if there were any other men from whom the woman should be ordered to stay away, the woman smiled and blurted, “Don Tollefson,” eliciting smirks from some courtroom spectators. Ironically, the woman’s unusual, unexpected, off-the-cuff remark came a day after Tollefson, a 62-year-old former Philadelphia sportscaster, was convicted at a Bucks County Court trial of stealing money by offering fraudulent sports packages to away games for the Philadelphia Eagles and other sporting events.
    With Tollefson in jail while awaiting sentencing in Bucks, and she in a separate jail for the probation violation, there is no chance the woman will be having contact with Tollefson.
    On her way out of the courtroom in handcuffs, with a little help from sheriff’s deputies, the woman added to the humor, smiling at Judge O’Neill and telling him, “nice haircut.”

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      Wesley Aaron Davis Jr., 22, a Luzerne County man serving a four to eight year sentence for robbing a Lower Pottsgrove bank, also was back in a Montgomery County Courtroom recently when he testified at the trial of his co-conspirator, Ishaq Ibrahim. Davis came back to court to testify on Ibrahim’s behalf, claiming he didn’t know Ibrahim and that Ibrahim wasn’t present during the robbery. Davis testified that a man who is now deceased participated in the robbery with him.
     Ultimately, Judge Garrett D. Page didn’t buy Davis’ testimony and ended up convicting Ibrahim of robbery-related charges.
     Smiling on his way out of the courtroom after testifying, Davis had this to say about prison life, “Just living the life, man, living the life of a hardcore criminal, man, you know.”

Davis Video


Stay tuned. I'll let you know when the next defendant makes a memorable remark.

1 comment:

  1. I’m sure your job makes for great entertainment at times. The Tollefson remark is hilarious. I was on a jury that lasted three months, and I learned a lot about the entire process. I did not realize how much goes into the court proceedings. There was some unwanted drama from the defendant throughout, but he never really said much.

    Eliseo Weinstein @ JR's Bail Bonds

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